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Madonna's kids 2019: Everything you need to know about them

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  • Sure, Madonna has had plenty of roles in her life, but it’s her role as a mother that
  • she takes the most seriously. After all, with six children it’s safe to say that she’s
  • got her hands full at all times. But at the same time, she does her best to give everyone
  • the individual attention that they need while also making sure that they are safe, sound,
  • healthy and happy. What’s more, Madonna knows the value of a good, quality education.
  • She also has strict rules and guidelines that her kids are expected to obey at all times.
  • Learn more about the children of Madonna.
  • Lourdes Leon. Lourdes Leon was born to Madonna and her then
  • boyfriend Carlos Leon in 1996. When Madonna announced that she was pregnant with a baby,
  • the world went into frenzy as she was arguably ‘the most famous woman in the whole world’
  • at that time in the mid 90s. One year after her birth, Madonna broke up
  • with her boyfriend Carlos and started raising her as a single mother.
  • In late 1998, Madonna got her daughter’s first pictures published in the Vanity Fair
  • magazine and the entire world became obsessed by little Lourdes.
  • Madonna knew the drawbacks of a celebrity lifestyle and hence, she wanted her daughter
  • to stay away from the limelight and look for a career in either law or accountancy. But
  • Lourdes’ interest lied in everything her mother was famous for, especially acting and
  • fashion. As a kid, she accompanied Madonna to several events which further brought her
  • into more limelight as she grew up. Madonna started a relationship with ace English
  • film director Guy Ritchie and got married to him in 2000. After marriage, she moved
  • to London with her daughter Lourdes and Lourdes got a step-brother in form of Rocco. There,
  • Lourdes started attending a French school along with her brother and became fluent in
  • the language. She exhibited all the traces of being a very
  • intelligent kid ever since she was little. Despite her image as an open-minded artist,
  • Madonna herself claimed that she was a very strict mother. Lourdes was not allowed to
  • go out on her own before she turned 18 and neither was she allowed to have any boyfriend.
  • This strict parenthood resulted in Lourdes growing up to be a well disciplined and hard
  • working young woman. From time to time, rumours popped up that
  • her children were not very happy with her strict disciplinary measures and hence they
  • preferred to be with their father more. Lourdes showed traces of immense talent ever
  • since she was six years old. Her mother came up with a popular English book series called
  • ‘The English Roses’, which became highly popular. Post the success of the series Madonna
  • claimed that her daughter had been her biggest critic and provided some key creative elements
  • which were included in the book. By the time she was 13 years old, Lourdes
  • had grown an impeccable fashion sense. As told by Madonna herself, Lourdes was always
  • nitpicking on her mother’s dressing style whenever she attended an event. Seeing her
  • interest in fashion and beauty, Madonna took her help while she was designing clothes for
  • her brand called Material Girl. The line inspired by 80’s chic fashion sense became highly
  • popular and it became very evident that Lourdes was growing up to be a talented fashion designer.
  • Around the same time, she got the offer to star in a Harry Potter film but Madonna did
  • not let her appear on-screen before she finished her high school at-least. As she entered her
  • teen years, she started singing as well. She provided background vocals for her mother
  • during a concert in 2012 on the song ‘Superstar.’ Ironically, the single titled ‘Superstar’
  • was recorded by Madonna back in 1998 and was dedicated to a young Lourdes. Apart from that,
  • Lourdes has appeared in two of the teaser videos during the launch of Best of Madonna
  • collection ‘Celebration’ and contributed her vocals to her mother’s ‘MDNA’ album.
  • Despite being multi-talented, Lourdes wants to forge a very serious career in acting and
  • has graduated from the La Guardia School of Performing Arts back in 2014. Presently, she
  • is pursuing her majors in performing arts from the University of Michigan, which Madonna
  • attended as well. As a 19 years old teen, she made her modelling
  • debut with Stella McCartney ad campaign for her perfume ‘Pop.’ It was the first perfume
  • Stella came out with in four years and Lourdes joined hands with models Kenya Kinski-Jones,
  • Amandla Stenberg and Grimes for the campaign. Lourdes Leon has been very vocal about her
  • relationships and one of her most talked about relationships was with actor Timothee Chalamet,
  • the ‘Homeland’ actor. She met him during her time at the La Guardia High School. The
  • couple went public about their relationship in 2013, but it did not last long. They broke
  • up a year later when Timothee was photographed kissing another girl.
  • Lourdes does not like to be in the spotlight as much as her mother. For that reason, she
  • refrains talking about her mother in front of her friends who does not know her mother
  • is Madonna. Due to her uncanny similarities to Madonna,
  • she is referred to as ‘mini-me’ by her mother.
  • In March 2018, Lourdes was spotted smoking in a public place and making out with an unknown
  • young man. The rumours are ripe yet again about her being in a relationship.
  • Rocco Ritchie. Rocco Ritchie was born in 2000, to Madonna
  • and Guy Ritchie. Rocco Ritchie was just eight years old when
  • his celebrity parents Madonna and Guy Ritchie decided to end their marriage. After their
  • separation, his mother and father settled in New York and London respectively and young
  • Ritchie had to travel back and forth to spend time with his parents. Ritchie traveled with
  • his mother during her concert tours around the world. Later, he complained about not
  • getting to spend enough time with his mother as she was always on the move, fulfilling
  • her professional commitments. Ritchie also got tired of moving around all the time and
  • yearned for some stability. Madonna, however, did not take her son’s feelings seriously
  • and retorted that she couldn’t be a “cool mother to a grownup boy”. Things soon turned
  • ugly between the two and Ritchie moved to London to live with his father and resumed
  • his studies there. Finally, Guy Ritchie won Rocco’s custody as well.
  • Things didn’t cool down for a while between Madonna and her son as Ritchie was seen commenting
  • negatively on one of Madonna’s ice bucket challenge photos on Instagram. The comment
  • was later deleted but not before it reached the public. During this period of turmoil,
  • Rocco Ritchie faced intense scrutiny from the media and was stalked at every moment.
  • He lost all the privacy he craved for in his life and was regularly mentioned in the tabloids.
  • He was even pictured sipping an alcoholic beverage before reaching the legal age of
  • drinking. Once his neighbors complained about him to the police and he was caught with cannabis
  • in his possession. He was rumored to be romantically linked with each one of his female friends
  • and everything he did was scrutinized by the media and commented upon. This deeply distressed
  • the young man. Even though his relationships with his family
  • members were troubled, he eventually found a kindred spirit in Brooklyn Beckham, the
  • son of former English footballer David Beckham and former supermodel Victoria Beckham. With
  • Brooklyn’s support, Ritchie is planning to move to New York to study art and film.
  • Madonna is believed to be very happy with the decision and is looking forward to spending
  • more time with her son and repair their relationship. Rocco Ritchie has appeared in some TV shows,
  • including one episode of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. He has also appeared in some documentaries
  • like ‘Madonna: Bitch I'm Madonna’, and ‘I'm Going to Tell You a Secret’.
  • Rocco once dated Kim Turnbull. Currently, he is said to be in a relationship with singer
  • Chantelle Lee.
  • David Banda. David was born in 2005, in the southeastern
  • African country, Malawi. His biological father, Yohane, abandoned the newborn in the nursing
  • home after his mother died. Later, the baby was handed over to the 'Home of Hope' orphanage
  • located in the district of 'Mchinji.' A month later, when Madonna visited the orphanage
  • while touring for one of her charity programs, she saw David for the first time. He was not
  • in a good health. Suffering from pneumonia then, the little David was on the verge of
  • death. Madonna immediately filed for an adoption and wanted the baby as soon as possible. After
  • the initial official legalities were over, the baby was finally handed over to Madonna.
  • She named the baby David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie, which included the names of his birthplace
  • and Madonna’s then-husband, Guy Ritchie. Even after Madonna got the permission to adopt
  • David, she had to sweat really hard to get the possession of the baby. At the time of
  • David’s adoption, Maddona’s divorce was already filed. She was battling for the custody
  • of her biological son with Guy Ritchie. Out of nowhere, Yohane came into the picture and
  • said that he would withdraw the custody as Madonna's controversial lifestyle might affect
  • David's future. He wanted the celebrity singer to first resolve her other legal issues. Madonna
  • again had to go through all the procedures for adoption. The legalities ran for a little
  • longer. Madonna later visited Malawi, along with David, to have a final settlement with
  • Yohane. That was David’s first visit to his birthplace after his adoption.
  • David was passionate about football from the very beginning. He started his training early.
  • He later moved to Lisbon to continue with his training under the 'Benfica Academy.'
  • In 2018, Madonna visited one of the 'Benfica Youth' team’s matches to cheer for her son.
  • David displayed some incredible skills on the ground. The Portuguese club, ‘Benfica,’
  • won the league and David was even awarded as the best performer in the 'Under-12' category.
  • Madonna and David have made a couple of public appearances together. The mother-son duo attended
  • the 'Rebel Heart Tour' in 2015 where they were seen singing ‘Like a Prayer.’ They
  • also walked on the red carpet of the '2014 Grammy Awards' while donning matching black
  • business suits. Madonna, who is highly active on social media, keeps posting pictures and
  • videos featuring David. She once posted a video footage showing him singing and dancing.
  • When Madonna adopted David, she was still married to Guy Ritchie. This officially makes
  • him David’s father.
  • Mercy James. Mercy James was born in 2006 in Malawi. She
  • was born to her Malawian parents James Kambewa and Mwandida Kambewa. Her mother Mwandida
  • Kambewa passed away eight days after James' birth.
  • Madonna talked about Mercy in an interview saying:
  • “I met Mercy soon after I met my son David... Mercy was suffering from malaria, and David
  • from pneumonia. And when I held each of them in my arms, I Whispered in their ears, that
  • I would look after them.” Madonna had to face a lot of troubles while
  • adopting James. She discussed it in her speech, “This time, the judge who was oresiding
  • said no. I was recently divorced, and she informed me, as a divorced woman, I was not
  • fit to raise children and that Mercy James was better of growing up in an orphanage.”
  • Madonna fought for over three years to win the right to adopt Mercy James. Madonna took
  • James to her home to start a new life together. James' original family was heartbroken and
  • struggled to give their child away. James' original family has claimed they have
  • no contact with the child since her adoption. Madonna, however, said Mercy James has never
  • been kept away from her culture and heritage. She is taken to Malawi every year to visit
  • her family, friends and to learn about her roots.
  • However, Mercy's parents along with her mother's best friend are collecting evidence and witnesses
  • to go against the adoption and bringing James back to her original place.
  • Mercy James is studying to build her future career. She might have a net worth around
  • $1 million at present, as her mother Madonna currently shares the net worth of $590 million.
  • Mercy James is currently twelve years old and is too young to get involved in relationships.
  • Currently, she is studying and enjoying her time with Madonna along with her siblings.
  • The family is seen spending a vacation to different destinations, as Madonna shares
  • their moments on social networking sites. In addition, Madonna has opened the country's
  • first ever pediatric surgery and intensive care center, The Mercy James Institution for
  • Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care.
  • Twins Stella and Esther. Twins Stella and Esther were born in 2012.
  • Madonna adopted their from Malawi in 2017 after meeting them in an orphanage two years
  • earlier. The pop queen began the adoption process more
  • two years ago after being 'compelled' to help the twins when she saw them at the Home of
  • Hope orphanage where they had been left by their grandmother.
  • The actual application was granted in a fortnight, whereas critics say it normally takes around
  • three months. Speaking about the adoption process, Madonna
  • admitted the children are unaware of their mother's international status after being
  • whisked away from a life of poverty in Malawi. 'They don't have a clue and it's a good thing.
  • I'm just their mother,' she explained. The twins' mother died five days after giving
  • birth due to complications from a caesarean section operation in August 2012.
  • An initial report by social workers found their father Adam Mwale had abandoned the
  • twins when he walked out on his family after the death of his wife.
  • The girls were left with their grandmother who did not have the means to care for them
  • as well as their five other siblings aged from eight to 20.
  • Stella and Esther have become quite the social media stars since Madonna adopted them from
  • Malawi. She frequently posts pictures of them in darling outfits and simply just having
  • a good time.

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Madonna has had plenty of roles in her life, but it’s her role as a mother that she takes the most seriously. After all, with six children it’s safe to say that she’s got her hands full at all times. But at the same time, she does her best to give everyone the individual attention that they need while also making sure that they are safe, sound, healthy and happy. What’s more, Madonna knows the value of a good, quality education. She also has strict rules and guidelines that her kids are expected to obey at all times.
Learn more about the children of Madonna.

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